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NCompass Live: Nebraska Library Accreditation, Librarian Certification and Library Board Certification: The Whys & Hows

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Have you had questions about Accreditation and Certification? Richard Miller will discuss public library accreditation and Library Board of Trustees certification. Laura Johnson will talk about the librarian certification program. They’ll cover why these programs are important, what they can do for you, and just how they work. Then Richard and Laura will answer questions from attendees.

NCompass Live, February 18, 2009.

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NCompass Live: Nebraska Library Accreditation, Librarian Certification and Library Board Certification: The Whys & Hows

  1. 1. A ccreditation L ibrarian C ertification B oard of T rustees C ertification
  2. 2. Presented on Ncompass Live February 18, 2009 by Richard Miller and Laura Johnson
  3. 3. Library Accreditation
  4. 4. A ccreditation <ul><li>Meant to improve library service by strengthening libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Program started in 1986, by concerned librarians across the state </li></ul><ul><li>Gives libraries a set of standards to work toward </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why be A ccredited? <ul><li>Eligible for federal aid </li></ul><ul><li>Eligible for state aid </li></ul><ul><li>Eligible to apply for Library Improvement Grants, Youth Grants, and Continuing Education Grants </li></ul>
  6. 6. http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/libdev/accred.html
  7. 7. To Be A ccredited <ul><li>Initially </li></ul><ul><li>The Commission will send you a letter around July 15 </li></ul><ul><li>You go through the list of requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have met the requirements, send in the application by Sept. 1. </li></ul><ul><li>At Renewal </li></ul><ul><li>The Commission will send you a letter around July 15 </li></ul><ul><li>You go through the list of requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have met the requirements, send in the application by Sept. 1. </li></ul>
  8. 8. http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/ libdev/accreditation/Guidelines.pdf
  9. 9. Essential Level = 26 Things Enhanced Level = Essential + 18 Enhanced Things Excellent Level = Essential + Enhanced + 14 Excellent Things 3 A ccreditation Levels
  10. 11. Questions about A ccreditation? <ul><li>Contact Richard Miller </li></ul><ul><li>at 402.471.3175 </li></ul><ul><li>or rmiller@nlc.state.ne.us </li></ul>
  11. 12. Librarian Certification
  12. 13. L ibrarian C ertification <ul><li>Helps to insure good service to library users. </li></ul><ul><li>Gives librarians the opportunity to keep up and to learn. </li></ul><ul><li>Requirement for Accreditation. </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Just sign up </li></ul><ul><li>Tell us your email and your snail mail addresses. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell us your level of education. </li></ul><ul><li>We’ll send you a certificate. </li></ul><ul><li>We’ll enter you into the database. </li></ul><ul><li>We’ll give you a password to check your record online. </li></ul>http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/ libdev/ce/PLCertApp.html
  14. 15. http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/libdev/ce/plcertapp.html
  15. 17. http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/libdev/ce/CEform2.html
  16. 18. http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/libdev/ce/lookup.asp
  17. 19. How It Works <ul><li>Fulfill the Basic Skills requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in library-related C.E. activities </li></ul><ul><li>Earn 45 C.E. credits </li></ul><ul><li>Report your attendance within 90 days </li></ul><ul><li>(unless the activity was sponsored by the N.L.C. or a Regional System) </li></ul><ul><li>Let us know if there’s a problem </li></ul><ul><li>Renewal is automatic </li></ul><ul><li>No fees! </li></ul>
  18. 20. What are the Basic Skills Requirements? <ul><li>Training in 4 areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collection Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organization of Materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Library Administration </li></ul></ul>
  19. 21. Questions about L ibrarian C ertification? <ul><li>Contact Laura Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>at 402.471.2694 </li></ul><ul><li>or ljohnson@nlc.state.ne.us </li></ul>
  20. 22. Board Certification
  21. 23. L ibrary B oard C ertification Helps to improve library service by helping members of the board of trustees to better understand libraries
  22. 24. http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/ libdev/trustees/pubcert.html
  23. 25. B oard C ertification Requirements Earn 20 Continuing Education credits among board members within the 3-year certification period
  24. 26. http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/ libdev/trustees/PLBrdCertApp.asp Just Apply
  25. 27. http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/ libdev/trustees/PLBrdCertCEU.asp
  26. 28. http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/libdev/ boardcertification/board_certification.asp
  27. 29. Linda Jensen, Library Development Staff Assistant 402.471.4037

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